The draft guidance to complement the European Commission’s proposed criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) should be available in early December according to the two bodies, EFSA and ECHA, who have jointly been involved in producing this new document.
The team behind the draft guidance (an ECHA-EFSA ED consultation group) agreed that guidance would only cover tests on vertebrates, including mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles. The draft will provide a hazard assessment strategy for oestrogenic, androgenic, thyroid and steroidogenic (EATS) adverse effects, indicating how to assess and follow up potential ED findings. It aims to describe the information that could be considered adequate to conclude whether or not the EDC criteria are met.
Once the ED criteria come into effect, the guidance document is intended to ensure a rapid, consistent and transparent implementation of the new criteria by both agencies and regulatory authorities.
Submission of the draft will coincide with a third, and the first public, consultation, which will run for eight weeks.
Further comment will be provided following availability of the draft guidance.
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